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CHAPTER XVI

SHIP'S PAPERS AND PROCEDURE OF SHIPS
ENTERING AND LEAVING PORT

A SHIP must carry the following papers, and the master
must, if required, produce them to any customs officers,
Ministry of Transport officers, Mercantile Marine Superin-
tendent, officer of H.M. Navy, or consul—

(a) Bill of health or pratique.

(6) Certificate of registry (or ship's register).

(c)  Ship's articles.

(d)  Manifest*

(e)  Charter-party or bills of lading,
(jf) Official log.

(g) List of dutiable stores (not available unless in port).

(h) Loadline Certificate.

(i) Wireless Installation Inspection Certificate.

The bill of health is a certificate which states that the
health of the vessel or every person on board is in good
condition, free from contagious diseases, there being no
reason why the vessel should not enter the port.

Or, a bill of health may certify that the port from which
the ship has arrived was "clean1' and free from disease
when the vessel left.

The certificate of registry has been referred to in a previous
chapter. This document must always be carried on board

The ship's articles contain a description of the crew and
the capacity in which each member serves, length of voyage,
amount of wages, time of commencement of voyage, and
scale of provisions. This is the agreement between the
master and his crew, and must be referred to when signing
on or signing off the crew.

The manifest is the list of cargo on board the ship, and
gives the full particulars of contents, marks, shippers and
receivers. This is often described as an "inventory'* of all
cargo on board,

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